The Pied Piper

Crispian St. Peters

About The Pied Piper

"The Pied Piper" is a pop song written by the duo The Changin' Times consisting of Steve Duboff and Artie Kornfeld, who first recorded it in 1965, their version reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100. However when British pop singer Crispian St. Peters recorded it he scored a major hit with the single during the summer of 1966 when it went to #4 in the United States, #5 in the United Kingdom, and #1 in Canada. The song's title came from the German folklore fairy tale and its titular character The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  


Year:
1996
2:33
1,412 
#9

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You
With your masquerading, and you
Always contemplating what to do
In case heaven has found you
Can't you see
That it's all around you
So follow me

Hey, com on babe
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at
Come on, babe
Can't you see
I'm the Pied Piper
Trust in me
I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at

Girl
Don't be scared to move
Hey, babe
What are you tryin' to prove
It ain't true
That your life has kicked you
It's your mind
And that's all that's trickin' you
So step in line

Hey, com on babe
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at
Come on, babe
Can't you see
I'm the Pied Piper
Trust in me
I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at

Hey, com on babe
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
Follow me, I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at
Come on, babe
Can't you see
I'm the Pied Piper
Trust in me
I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at

Come on, babe
Follow me
Come on, babe
Trust in me
Come on, babe
Can't you see
Come on, babe
Follow me
I'm the Pied Piper

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Crispian St. Peters

Crispian St. Peters (5 April 1939 – 8 June 2010) was an English pop singer-songwriter, best known for his work in the 1960s, particularly his 1966 hits, "The Pied Piper" and "You Were on My Mind." more »

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Written by: ART KORNFELD, STEVE DUBOFF

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10 facts about this song

Historical Origin
"The Pied Piper" song is not an original creation of Crispian St. Peters but rather a cover of a song originally authored by Steve Duboff and Artie Kornfeld, who were well-known songwriters and performers in the 1960s.
Chart Performance
One of the most significant facts is that this song was a worldwide hit. The song reached Number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 USA charts in July 1966.
Recognition
The song's popularity led it to become St. Peters' most recognized hit. Despite having several other songs, "The Pied Piper" remains as one of the most enduring outputs of his career.
Musical Genre
The song is categorized under the "Pop" genre and reflects the overall pop-rock style that was prevalent in the 1960s. The upbeat melody and catchy lyrics contributed to its popularity during that era.
Controversy
St. Peters initially did not want to record the song. He initially thought it was too pop-oriented and light-hearted, which clashed with his image as more of a serious, folk music artist.
Legacy
The Pied Piper has been covered by numerous artists after Crispian St. Peters, showcasing its enduring popularity. These include artists like The Move, The Changin' Times, and British singer David Essex.
Album Release
“The Pied Piper” was featured on the 1966 album "Follow Me..." by Crispian St. Peters. Despite other compelling tracks in the album, this song is the most recognized.
Double A-side Single
In the U.S, "The Pied Piper" was released as a Double A-side single along with "Sweet Dawn My True Love". However, "Sweet Dawn My True Love" did not achieve as much recognition or chart success as "The Pied Piper".
Song Duration
The original version of the song recorded by Crispian St. Peters runs for a duration of 2:32 minutes, making it a quickly enjoyable, light-hearted listen in line with many pop songs of the era.
Death of the Artist
Crispian St. Peters died in 2010, but "The Pied Piper" continues to be his most listened to and recognized song till today, performing well digitally and on streaming platforms.

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